Use Definite, Specific, Concrete Language

William Strunk and E.B. White promote the use of specific, definite, and concrete language over the general, vague, and abstract. Academic prose doesn’t need to be general, vague, or abstract. With a little practice and a good editorial eye, you can engage your reader with added detail.
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Professional Development
Writing

After Your First Year: What's Next?

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You’ve handed in your last paper and graded your students’ final exams. With Spring semester behind you, you’re ready for summer. Three long months stretch ahead of you, full of promise. Take our advice and make your summer as productive as possible.
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Navigating Graduate School
Grad Life

Developing Mentoring Relationships That Last

An effective mentoring relationship passes through phases of development. Early on, your mentor will recognize your unique qualities and your need for special coaching.

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Navigating Graduate School
Mentoring
Professional Development

Presenting a Research Poster

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You’ve been working hard on your research these last few semesters. The data has been collected, sorted, and analyzed. So what do you do with the findings?

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Professional Development
Research
Navigating Graduate School

Strengthening Your Leadership Skills

Good news: Leadership skills can be learned!

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Navigating Graduate School
Leadership
Transferable Skills

Preparing Fellowship Applications: A Step-by-Step Guide

A major fellowship can be a critical funding resource, especially if your research requires money for travel, equipment or supplies, and time to collect data and write. Applying for competitive fellowships takes time, energy, and organization. This article will help you get started.
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Navigating Graduate School

Student Spotlight: Curtis Walker, NSF Graduate Research Fellow

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A master’s candidate at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Curtis Walker is working to accurately forecast road pavement temperatures, with the goal of developing new technologies to reduce the number of vehicular crashes and fatalities in dangerous driving conditions. Now at home in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, how Curtis came to UNL is a story worth telling.
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Spotlight

Using the Active Voice

In scholarly writing, the scholar often disappears behind the words.

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Professional Development
Writing

Ace the Academic Job Talk

After sending in your application materials and successfully completing a round or two of interviews, you’ll be invited for an on-campus interview. Most on-campus interviews include a job talk. To be successful in your job talk, preparation is key.
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Career Development
Job Search

Asking Good Questions: Socratic Method in the Classroom

To get students thinking critically about material, lecturing to students who remain passive recipients of knowledge won’t work. Students must be engaged and grapple with questions in order to think critically.
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Professional Development
Teaching

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